Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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RE: Comment by Tony Swash
by Lazarus on Sat 5th Nov 2011 00:49 UTC in reply to "Comment by Tony Swash"
Lazarus
Member since:
2005-08-10

You make a spoon, and I'll make a spoon. I'll see you in court if yours looks or functions remotely similar to mine.

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RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash
by frderi on Sat 5th Nov 2011 16:14 in reply to "RE: Comment by Tony Swash"
frderi Member since:
2011-06-17

I'm Ford, I make a car design, patent it, and bring it to market. You're Hyundai, you see my car and you make a very similar one who's design only faintly differs from mine. Since you didn't have to prototype the design like I did, you were able to cut R&D costs to a great margin because I essentially designed it for you. So when you take your car to market you're able to undercut my profits. I take you to court. Let's see who wins.

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RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash
by JAlexoid on Sun 6th Nov 2011 15:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

I'm Ford, I make a car design, patent it, and bring it to market. You're Hyundai, you see my car and you make a very similar one who's design only faintly differs from mine. Since you didn't have to prototype the design like I did, you were able to cut R&D costs to a great margin because I essentially designed it for you. So when you take your car to market you're able to undercut my profits. I take you to court. Let's see who wins.

How much you sunk into R&D is not a measure by which patents are granted nor should be granted.
And please, please, please.... Hardware related patents are in a totally different universe to intangible IP. They are much easier to define, identify and protect.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Colt are blatant copies of the Mercedes A Class. The Lexus I series are copies of 3 series BMWs.

No one gets sued in the car industry for copying designs. They swap IP readily. They only sue over trademarks.

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